Social investment and personality: A meta-analysis of the relationship of personality traits to investment in work, family, religion, and volunteerism

2015-10-20 14:49:52
Social investment and personality: A meta-analysis of the relationship of personality traits to investment in work, family, religion, and volunteerism
Publication date2007
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AbstractInvesting in normative, age-graded social roles has broad implications for both the individual and society. The current meta-analysis examines the way in which personality traits relate to four such investments— work, family, religion, and volunteerism. The present study uses meta-analytic techniques (K = 94) to identify the cross-sectional patterns of relationships between social investment in these four roles and the personality trait domains of agreeableness, conscientiousness, and emotional stability. Results show that the extent of investment in social roles across these domains is positively related to agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability, and low psychoticism. These findings are more robust when individuals are psychologically committed to rather than simply demographically associated with the investment role.
TagCloudsocial investment; personality structure; volunteerism
Méthodoogy & Field of research (targeted population & number)PsycINFO database to locate studies for the metaanalysis
Discussionrelationship between social investment and the personality traits of agreeableness, conscientiousness, and emotional stability ; social investments in work and family positively related to conscientiousness, agreeableness, and emotional stability ; social investment in religion positively related to agreeableness and socialization
Limiteslack of research relating social investment to personality traits in major journals ; important facet of psychological experience is being neglected (health, well-being, longevity, society at large)
Ouverture / Perspectivesystematically investigate the relations between social investment and a broad array of personality constructs
Conclusiondefinition of the concept of social investment = the investment in and commitment to adult social roles ; psychological commitment to these roles is associated with the personality trait domains of agreeableness, conscientiousness, and emotional stability
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Social investment and personality: A meta-analysis of the relationship of personality traits to investment in work, family, religion, and volunteerism

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